Brazil’s Supreme Court members disagree on church service attendance during pandemic

The lawsuit was filed against a decree issued by the governor of São Paulo, João Doria; the trial will be resumed today by the Federal Supreme Court.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Federal Supreme Court (STF) justice Gilmar Mendes on Wednesday, April 7th, voted against the petition seeking a declaration of unconstitutionality of state and municipal decrees banning the holding of religious celebrations, such as masses and services, as measures to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus pandemic in Brazil.

The specific case under discussion deals with a lawsuit filed by the Social Democratic Party (PSD) against the governor of São Paulo João Doria, who, through Decree No. 65,563, instituted "emergency measures, of a temporary and exceptional nature, aimed at tackling the Covid-19 . . .

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